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Huff Wins Race 1 As Chevrolet Teammates Collide

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Rob Huff came out on top of a three-way battle with Chevrolet teammates Alain Menu and Yvan Muller to win the first of Sunday's two World Touring Car Championship races at Monza in Italy.

Huff led the field away from pole position on the rolling start, the Chevrolet trio streaking off into the lead. The three drivers would spend the race fighting with each other for the lead. Menu took second place from Muller at the first chicane on the second lap, having got alongside the Frenchman through the parabolica at the end of the opening lap.

The Swiss driver put Huff under pressure for several laps, making contact with the Briton through Ascari on lap six. Menu failed to find a way through though, and then came under pressure from Muller. On the final lap Muller made a move on Menu going into the first Lesmo but when Menu moved to defend the inside there was contact between the pair. Menu was sent into the barrier on the inside before spinning across the track in front of Muller and into the gravel.

Menu's race ends in the gravel after contact from Muller

Huff recorded his third win of the season, with Muller in second. Tiago Monteiro took fourth from Norbert Michelisz at the start of the race, but came under pressure from the Hungarian in the closing laps. The Zengo BMW driver took the place back on the penultimate lap, and inherited third when Menu crashed out. However, as SUNRED SEAT driver Monteiro applied the pressure on the final lap Michelisz made a mistake in the parabolica. Monteiro pulled alongside and got his nose in front by the line, taking third place by just three hundredths of a second. Michelisz did still get to stand on the podium though as the top Yokohama Trophy finisher.

Tom Coronel finished fifth in the ROAL Motorsport BMW, with Kristian Poulsen sixth in his Engstler BMW. The Dane made contact with Gabriele Tarquini earlier in the race, the Italian eventually retiring his SEAT.

Darryl O'Young finished seventh in his Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze, just ahead of Proteam's Javier Villa. Franz Engstler and Fredy Barth rounded out the top ten.

Race results after nine laps:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time/Gap
1   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 18:07.398
2   Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1.291
3   Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 4.239
4 Y Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 4.269
5   Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 4.499
6 Y Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 5.509
7 Y Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10.506
8 Y Javier Villa Proteam BMW 320 TC 10.798
9 Y Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 320 TC 11.492
10 Y Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 15.366
11 Y Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC 18.439
12 Y Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 18.873
13 Y Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 19.286
14 Y Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 20.070
15   Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo C30 30.709
16 Y Ibrahim Okyay Borusan BMW 320si 58.046
17 Y Urs Sonderegger Wiechers BMW 320 TC 59.018
18 Y Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW 320si 1:25.422
19   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +1 lap
20 Y Marchy Lee KK BMW 320 TC +1 lap
Ret   Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 5 laps
Ret Y Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 2 laps
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